Blessed with rich volcanic soils lakes and wetlands,
discover why early settlers made Derrinallum their home over 150 years ago
Derrinallum lies at the foot of one of Victoria's most significant volcanic peaks (Mount Elephant) which can be seen from 60km in all directions. The picturesque township acts a hub for the local farming committee and is surrounded by lakes, grazing cattle, sheep, canola fields and a network of dry stone walls.
Derrinallum is located 2 hours west of Melbourne and 1 hour from Geelong, Warrnambool and Ballarat it is located just west of the main arterial road network that connects the Great Ocean Road with the Goldfields region around Ballarat to the north.
The towns growth and early pastoral history was connected to the wool industry with the town an important stop on the historic "Wool Track" between Hamilton and the Port of Geelong.
Every Sunday you can access the walk to the Mount Elephant Crater. Visable from 60 kilometres in every direction, Mount Elephant dominates the landscape and now you have the chance...
Volcanic Lakes & Plains
Follow meandering roads north from the coast to explore sublime volcanic landscapes and charming inland towns. Enjoy the contrast of conical peaks and deep crater lakes that punctuate the even carpet of rolling farmland. Dry Stone walls dissect the landscape, an aesthetic and practical solution to farm a landscape strewn with scoria. Charming towns with well preserved buildings and tended avenues of elm, oak and plane provide visions of England on volcanic plain.
Deep Lake Recreation Reserve
Deep Lake is located just 4.5km off the Hamilton Hwy near the beautiful town of Derrinallum in South West Victoria and is located just off the Hamilton Hwy. The Lake offers spectacular views of Mt Elephant toilets, boat launching facilities and a state of the art Floating Jetty.
Plain Speaking - 2017 NAIDOC week celebrations
Connecting community and culture to country and the Victorian volcanic plains. Mt Leura - Camperdown and Mt Elephant - Derrinallum
The rivers and lakes on the volcanic plains fish are well stocked and fish well for species including brown and rainbow, trout, redfin and perch. Our local lakes are also a haven for birdlife.
What to see & do
Mt Leura and Sugarloaf
The car park and lookout offer commanding views of Lake Corangamite and views across Lake Colongulac towards Mt Elephant.
Picturesque sand bottomed Lake Tooliorook is located 5km from Lismore. The lake offers good fishing and boating amenity and superb views across to Mt Elephant (near Derrinallum).
Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail
Enjoy this wonderful 53km trail in parts or plan a wonderful weekend meandering through historic goldfields sites, traversing a majestic trestle bridge and taking in the wonderful rolling hills and pockets of forest between Ballarat and Skipton.
Lake Bullen Merri - South Beach
Find your own space on this crystal clear volcanic lake on the southern outskirts of Camperdown.
Mt Noorat Walk
Alan Marshall Discovery Trail. One of Australia’s best preserved dry craters offering commanding views of surrounding peaks on the volcanic plain.
Lake Purrumbete is an attractive volcanic lake that fishes well for trout and chinook salmon. With an average depth of 45m and a maximum depth of 60m it offers good angling opportunities from bank and boat.